Football falls short in a Halloween weekend nailbitter

The Saginaw Valley State Cardinals storm the field prior to kickoff against its conference rival, Davenport University. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

Saginaw Valley State University football hosted Davenport University for its annual Hall of Fame/Family Weekend matchup. The 6-2 Cardinals squared off against the undefeated Panthers this past Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wickes Memorial Stadium.

In a matchup of top-25 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) programs, the Panthers narrowly edged out the Cardinals by a score of 29-28. The Panthers remain unbeaten and improve to 8-0 while the Cardinals fall to 6-3 on the season and 1-3 in the GLIAC.

QB Jarius Grissom led the Cardinals passing attack while completing nine of his 14 passes for 140-yards and one touchdown.

Grissom connected with Isaiah Malcome for a 58-yard touchdown pass halfway through the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Jarius Grissom looks for an openening as he attempts to slip through Davenport’s defensive line. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

This remained to be the Cardinals only passing score of the game. WR Casey Williams hauled in four receptions for a total of 47-yards and Derrick Hinton Jr. added an additional 31-yards on his three receptions.

While the Cardinals passing attack struggled to build on an early score, the running game proved itself once again to be the focal point of the offense. QB Jarius Grissom consistently escaped the pocket and rushed for 154-yards on 18 carries; finding the endzone on three separate occasions. RB Isaiah Malcome came away with an additional 22 yards while carrying the ball 10 times.

The Cardinals defense battled against a strong Panthers offense all afternoon. LB Alfred Dailey Jr. had a game-high 11 tackles while DL Jacob Dorn and LB Trevor Nowaske had 10 tackles, respectively.

Running back Isaiah Malcome catches a pass from Jarius Grissom and runs for a 58-yard touchdown. Vanguard Photographer | Capri Kloha

While the Cardinals failed to record a sack for the first time this season, DL Jacob Dorn found himself in the backfield and secured the Cardinals’ only tackle for loss of the game.

Defensive backs Michael Woolridge and Derrick Hinton Jr. each came away with an interception, bringing the Cardinals season total to an impressive 16 takeaways.

Although the Cardinals fought until the very end, it was not enough as the Panthers came away with the road win. SVSU will look to bounce back next weekend as it visits Northern Michigan University on Saturday, Nov. 5 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

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